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Recent Corrections

  • Deaths and Disappearances

    On July 26,2016: We replaced the sentence, “IPOA has received 4,075 complaints of police abuse across the country since it started operations in 2013. It has successfully prosecuted only 10 cases in the past three years, despite initiating at least 19 investigations against the police at the coast, in the northeast, Nyanza and Nairobi,” with “IPOA has received 6, 978 complaints of police abuse across the country since it started operations in 2013. According to IPOA, it has completed investigations in 303 cases and recommended 58 to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Of those, 23 have been taken to court as of June 2016.” This edit reflects the latest data, received by Human Rights Watch from the IPOA shortly after the publication of the report. 

    We stated that, “with regard to abuses in counter terrorism operations,…IPOA had investigated at least five cases in northeastern Kenya and found sufficient evidence to recommend prosecutions, but the oversight body has yet to take any measures to ensure justice with regard to the cases.” IPOA has pointed out that it is actually still investigating six cases documented in the report by the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Error of Fighting Terror with Terror.  

  • Dispatches: Making Sense of Tragedy and Guns After Orlando

    An earlier version of this dispatch stated that the weapon used in the Orlando attack was an AR-15. Subsequent reporting has identified the primary firearm as a Sig Sauer MCX, a rifle similar in appearance to the AR-15. The dispatch has been changed to reflect this. 

  • Dispatches: Discounting Retaliation Against US Military Rape Victims

    This dispatch incorrectly stated that the Pentagon said it was lowering its estimate of how many sexual assault survivors face retaliation after reporting the assault. However, the Pentagon did not say this. Rather, a report released by the Department of Defense indicated that a survey found that 38 percent of sexual assault survivors who reported the crime said they experienced retaliation, as defined in current law and policy. The report indicated that an additional 30 percent of survivors had a negative experience after reporting that did not fall under that definition of retaliation. Previous surveys had found that 62 percent of sexual assault survivors who reported the crime said they experienced retaliation, but those surveys had asked about retaliation in different terms, and not as defined in current law and policy.

  • Indonesia: Persecution of Gafatar Religious Group

    An earlier version of this news release mistakenly quoted Andry Cahya saying the group had made 3 million Euros (US$3.3 million) from their first exports of ginger; the 3 million figure in fact was a goal, not what they had already earned. The news release has been changed to reflect this.

  • Yemen: Embargo Arms to Saudi Arabia

    An infographic posted along with this news release on March 22 incorrectly stated that in 2015, France signed arms deals worth $12 billion with Saudi Arabia. French arms deals with Saudi Arabia in 2015 in fact amounted to $500 million and the infographic has been amended to reflect that.

  • Pakistan: Extend Afghan Refugee Status Through 2017

    An earlier version of this press release stated that Pakistan is host to 2.5 million Afghan refugees, which according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) include an estimated 1 million undocumented Afghans living in Pakistan as of November 2015. In fact, Pakistan is host to 1.5 million documented refugees, constituting the world’s largest protracted refugee population under the UNHCR mandate in a single country. The Pakistan government estimates that there are about one million undocumented Afghans residing in Pakistan. The press release has been changed to reflect this.

  • Serbia

    The Kosovo section of the World Report 2016 incorrectly stated that Radio Kosova is a private radio station. It is in fact a public radio station. This has been changed in the online version of the World Report. 

  • No More Excuses

    On pages 55-56 of the report we substituted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for Defense Department General Counsel William J. Haynes as it was Rumsfeld’s presence, not Haynes’ that was being considered during the meeting referenced, and Rumsfeld whom National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice suggested should be briefed, not Haynes. This change was made in the last sentence on page 55 and the first sentence on page 56. In the same section, we also changed the wording to make clear that according to the memorandum cited, National Security Council Legal Advisor John Bellinger was responding to a question from Vice President Dick Cheney when he stated that a full principals meeting, which would include Rumsfeld, Powell, and Bush, was not required to discuss details of the CIA program.

    In the Summary section, on page 2 we changed the first sentence of the last paragraph from: “US officials who created, authorized, and implemented the CIA program should be among those investigated for conspiracy to torture as well as other crimes” to “US officials who played a role in the process of creating, authorizing, and implementing the CIA program should be among those investigated for conspiracy to torture as well as other crimes.” This edit better reflects the way the allegations are described in the body of the report.